- The objective of Preliminary Examination shall be to shortlist candidates for the Main Examination and ensure minimum standard required of a candidate.
- A candidate shall be permitted to appear PE up to a maximum of three attempts only.
- Preliminary Examination Papers shall be common to all categories of graduates.
- Preliminary Examination shall be objective type questions to test English and Dzongkha communication skills, logic and analytical, problem solving and data interpretation abilities of the candidates.
- Preliminary Examination Paper will be common to all graduates and therefore the questions:
- Will be generic in nature (not technical); and
- Will not be biased to any particular category of graduates or area of specialization.
- Preliminary Examination Paper:
- Will consist of 100 objective type questions/Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ);
- All questions will be compulsory;
- Every question will consist of four alternative answers numbered A, B, C & D;
- Will be out of 100 Marks (1 mark per MCQ); and
- Will be given 2.5 hours (150 minutes) time.
- Candidates will be tested in the following four areas:
- Dzongkha Language communication skills - 25 marks;
- English Language communication skills - 25 marks;
- Problem Solving - 25 marks; and
- Data Interpretation - 25 marks.
- Standard of the Preliminary Examination Question Paper:
- Dzongkha Language communication skills - Class XII level;
- English Language communication skills - Graduate level;
- Problem Solving - Graduate level (mostly non-mathematical)
- Data Interpretation - class X level (involving wider scope than maths)
- Entry into the examination hall shall be allowed only on production of the Citizenship Identity Card.
- Candidates shall be required to answer in the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) answer sheet provided by the RCSC. (Click here for OMR answer sheet sample)
- Only those candidates who achieve the minimum cut off marks as decided by the Commission, shall be eligible to sit for the Main Examination; and
- Marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination shall not be carried forward to the Main Examination and shall be valid only for that particular year.